Cedric Ceballos Rumors
Fans can win a chance to have former Piston Cedric Ceballos spin records at a party this summer. The National Basketball Retired Players Association is conducting a series of online raffles to support former players in their transition to life after basketball. The Ceballos raffle will give the winner an in-home visit from Ceballos and allow him to DJ a summer-time party. Ceballos has produced rap songs with Warren G, hosted a radio show on a popular Phoenix R&B station and worked as a professional DJ . He also has worked as the arena emcee for Phoenix Suns games.
Given the proximity to the United States, Ceballos said a future franchise in Mexico City would be a natural fit. “Now that there’s a building that can house an NBA team, where we can play regular season games, it’s a natural place to be thinking about it,” said Moggio.
Sunday’s face-off between the Orlando Magic and New Orleans Hornets marked the 20th exhibition game to be played in Mexico, the most of any country outside the United States or Canada, and the first such game at the brand new Mexico City Arena. The NBA already has concrete plans to expand its Mexican footprint. “Next year and the year after that there will be regular season games here, which is really huge,” said Cedric Ceballos, a former NBA player turned league ambassador. “Those two years are the big test to see what happens.”
Phoenix’s Kenny Dobbs won the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown today with a dunk that was a nod to the blindfolded dunk Cedric Ceballos made 20 years ago to win the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Ceballos was on hand today for the contest in Orlando, where his dunk victory also was held.
Ceballos, 42, had been playing a game for the Scorpions team that he partially owns on a Sunday afternoon before a sparse crowd. He did know something was amiss and made a Monday doctor’s appointment and called his mother, who recommended he take aspirin. The discomfort never ceased. “I didn’t feel right going to sleep and that’s what saved me,” Ceballos said. “I didn’t go to sleep. Most people play through it, like Armen (Gilliam) did and Pistol Pete (Maravich) and Hank Gathers. They play through that fatigue or whatever is going on. I was maybe a little different from them. Some people go to sleep and never wake up.”
Cedric Ceballos felt like his jersey was grabbing his chest and his mouth was turning dry. He left the game confused about the feeling but re-entered, only to feel it all again and exit wondering if he just was feeling the burn of playing hard. “I was thinking about Hank Gathers,” Ceballos said of the Nov. 27 ABA game. “That’s where he lost his life on the court. I was like, ‘I can’t lose my life at Phoenix College.’ I didn’t think it was my heart. I just thought I was tired. I didn’t have a clue.”